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Postdoctoral Research Scholar in AMO Science at CXFEL

Arizona State University

Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Arizona State University: Office of the Executive Vice President Knowledge Enterprise: Biodesign Institute: Biodesign Beus CXFEL Lab


Tempe campus

Open Date

Nov 14, 2023


Arizona State University has embarked on a multi-year project to develop novel Compact X-ray Free Electron Laser (CXFEL) to generate attosecond coherent X-rays and develop multiple science end stations, including a suite of AMO instruments. We invite applications for a Research Scientist position that involves the implementation of x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy using soft-x-rays and ultrafast few-cycle laser pulses to probe interfacial charge dynamics in a variety of systems. The successful applicant will join a team of experts in constructing the AMO spectroscopy end station at the Compact X-ray Free-Electron Laser (CXFEL) under the umbrella of a recent NSF midscale research infrastructure award. The successful candidate will work on the design and assembly of instrumentation to house a hemispherical electron energy analyzer, implement sample preparation and manipulation, conduct data acquisition and analysis, to enable femtosecond-resolved pump-probe studies with CXFEL and OPCPA laser, and participate in commissioning experiments.

Essential Duties

  • Construction, assembly, and implementation of AMO end station equipment including vacuum chambers, data acquisition and analysis using electron energy analyzer, operating tunable femtosecond OPCPA laser and nonlinear frequency mixing modules.
  • Implementing controls and diagnostics of photon and x-ray beams and training and supervising graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Technical writing including lab reports, scientific presentations, and publications.
  • Working in multidisciplinary teams that span different research areas and academic units.


  • Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Physics, Chemistry, Material Science, or a related field.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of x-ray photoemission spectroscopy and/or use of electron energy analyzers
  • Excellent verbal, presentation, and technical report writing skills.
  • Ability to work within multidisciplinary project team.

Application Instructions

Applicants should send a cover letter specifying relevant qualifications and training, curriculum vitae, contact information for at least three professional references, and list of recent publications by 11/20/2023. If the position is not filled, review will continue every week thereafter until the search is closed.

A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Afirmative Action Employer. Applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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For the eighth year in a row, ASU has been named the most innovative University in the nation, recognizing the university's culture of groundbreaking research an well as its commitment to helping students thrive in college and beyond. U.S. News and World Report has named ASU as the most innovative university all category has existed.

ASU Knowledge Enterprise advances research, innovation, strategic partnerships, entrepreneurship, and international development. Our success arises from interdisciplinary research; an entrepreneurial approach that is embedded in every school and department; and a commitment to transform society in a positive way. http://research.asu.edu/ (http://research.asu.edu/)